Fit To Drop 4: How many calories can you burn in a minute?
For here is a whole new way to look at chocolate. Take the Aero Bubbles pack nestling temptingly in our fridge door. There are 60 mint-flavoured chocolate balls in the 180g pack – which tells you in the small print that just 12 add up to 186 kcal.
So what do you have to do to burn off 186 calories?
In my case, as proved by the screen grab excerpt, it took well over a sweaty, gasping mile jogging up a particularly long and unfriendly hill.
The Ki Fit armband sensor and software I’ve been putting to the test show me burning about 17 calories per minute during a jog of six-plus miles. A mile takes me a little under 9 mins, so do the maths!
Even scarier is my calorie-burning rate during a particularly stressful day at the office, when I peaked at about 3 cals/min.
In other words it would take an hour of particularly frantic keyboard-bashing to shift that chocolate – and about twice as long as that to burn up those calories in my sleep.
At least walking to the station burns 7 to 10 cals/min, and a weekly spell of horse-riding accounts for 10 to 12 cals/min (not bad when the horse is doing most of the work).
And how many calories have I used in writing this? About enough for just ONE of those air-filled chocolate Bubbles. Oh joy!fit to drop, Ki Fit
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